Tourists advised to give space to NC wild horses

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HARKERS ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — The superintendent of the Cape Lookout National Seashore is advising tourists that the wild horses on the North Carolina coast need room to roam.

Superintendent Pat Kenney says the horses at Shackleford Banks and the Rachel Carson Reserve have made it through the winter and are eagerly going after the emerging new grass.

Officials say while the horses are making up for a winter of dry, brown grass it's important that they be left alone. Visitors can watch from a distance while allowing the horses to spend all the time they need grazing in their chosen habitat.

Kenney adds that at Cape Lookout, feeding, touching, teasing, frightening or intentionally disturbing horses or other wildlife is a violation of federal regulations and can result in fines.

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